Joining Typekit

Paul Hammond, 22 March 2010

Friday will be my last day at Flickr. On Monday I join the team at Small Batch working on Typekit.

We're at an inflection point with type on the web. Typography is important, but we've forgotten about it because our options have been so limited for so long. Growing browser support for @font-face rules makes it technically possible to embed fonts, but that's only part of the story. There are a bunch of other problems that need to be worked on, not least the legal ones, and Typekit is in an ideal position to solve them. I can't wait to be involved.

But I'm incredibly sad to be leaving Flickr. The team is (and always has been) full of the most talented people I've ever worked with, and the product itself remains special in an intangible way that nobody has really replicated since. I have learned so much while working there, in some cases from making some huge mistakes, but mostly by watching people much better than me making their impossible jobs look effortless. We wrote a lot of code, launched a lot of features, fixed a lot of bugs, and had a lot of fun. The goal was to kick ass, and I think we succeeded.

FlickrHQ without Flickr Our old room

Working at Flickr and Yahoo also gave me the opportunity to move halfway round the world to San Francisco. I am happy here, it feels like home, and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I'm hugely grateful to Stewart, Caterina, Bradley, Chad and Cal for making that possible.

In fact, I'm hugely grateful to everyone on the Flickr team. You've set high expectations for the next few years, and I'm going to miss working with you.